Public Programming


PWELC COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFERINGS

Summer/Fall 2017

*Preregistration is required for all classes


PWELC Sampler - Try it ALL
Grades: 1st and up
Come experience what Prairie Woods ELC has to offer. We will visit the Pioneer Cabin to see how people lived “back in the day”, do the Flying Squirrel, Climb the wall, track some animals, and learn some outdoor survival skills.
Bring a sack lunch. (meet at main building)
Date: Thursday, October 19th
Time: 8:00-4:00
Cost: $25




Challenge Course Programs

Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
All Ages
Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically & mentally at your own pace. Rock climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights! Equipment will be provided. (Meet in basement of Main Building).
Date: Thurs. August 24th
         Thurs. September 7th
         Thurs. October 5th
         Thurs. November 2nd
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $10.00/session


Environmental Education Programs


Halloween Haunt
Grades: K-5
Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are dong to get ready for winter, carve a jack-o-lantern, and climb on the wall in costume.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. (meet main building)
-After visit Sibley State Park for their Jack-o-Latern Walk 6:30-8:30
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $8




Shooting Sports

MNDNR Firearm Safety
Ages: 11 and up
This class is the field day for the on-line class.
Pre-registration required for limited number of spots.
contact: kory_k@co.kandiyohi.mn.us
Date: Tues/Thursday, August 22nd and 24th
Time: 4:30 check in starts
          5:00 class begins
Cost: $7.50


After School Archery Club
Grades: 4 and up
It is a lot of fun learning and practicing the skill of archery. We will be using compound bows to improve our skills. We shoot Olympic style archery, 3-d targets, and use the Native American atl-atl’s. All while aiming to have a great time.(meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Cost: $30/person




Time Travel Programs
 
Game Day at the Pioneer Cabin
Ages: 1st - 6th
Who's up for some friendly competition? After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for a morning of blind man's bluff, a three legged race, a game of graces (hoops & sticks), kubb and many more pioneer games. If it's raining, we'll see how you do at jacks, pick up sticks and card games. (Meet at farmsite)
Date: Tues. October 10
Time: 4 - 5:30pm
Cost: $6

Story Hour at the Pioneer Cabin
Ages: K-5rd Graders
Come to the Pioneer Cabin at Prairie Woods! Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like. We will take a page out of the book and do an activity that Laura did. It will be a new book and activity each time. Kids, ask your parents if they want to come too! (meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26
         Tuesday, Oct. 17
         Thursday, Nov. 16
Time: 4:00- 5:15 pm
Cost: $5 per child / session


Ornaments for kids
Ages: 3rd – 6th Grade
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Pioneer Cabin. During your visit you can dress as a pioneer, get creative while making holiday decorations, and warm up with some hot cider. (meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12
Time: 4:00- 5:30 pm
Cost: $10

Forkhorn Camps

MDHA FORKHORN I CAMP
Ages 11-16
This firearms safety course is a part of an overnight summer camp where participants will sleep in tents and cook their meals over a coleman stove.
This camp is designed to teach beginning hunting skills. It will provide extensive hands-on instruction in basic safety and shooting techniques for rifle, shotgun, and archery. It will also include classes on Whitetail deer ecology, outdoor survival skills, and Hunters ethics along with traditional camp activities like canoeing and rock climbing.
Camp starts: Sunday,July 9th 2017 @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 13th @ 1:00
Cost: $380

MDHA FORKHORN II CAMP
Ages 12-16
This firearms safety course is a part of an overnight summer camp where participants will sleep in tents and cook their meals over a coleman stove.
This camp is for youth who have completed their Firearms Safety Training. Forkhorn II goes beyond the basics and focuses on archery and deer hunting. Campers will learn to properly shoot compound bows and much more. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and more. Participants will earn their MN DNR Bow Hunting Certification.
Camp starts: Sunday, July 16th 2017 @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 20th 2017 @ 1:00
Cost: $380


WRIGHT AND STEARNS COUNTY PROGRAMS

Paddle Wright
Throughout the summer Wright County Parks will offer the “Paddle Wright” series.
“Paddle Wright” will be a variety of paddling options guided by Prairie Woods Environmental learning Center. All programs are 2 hours in duration. Equipment and instruction will be provided. Pre-registration required along with signed waiver. Minors must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
-17 foot Canoes (2-4 people per boat). This program will be for people ages 8 years old and up.
-10 foot sit upon Kayaks (1 person per boat). This program will be for people 11 years old and up.
-34 foot Voyageur Canoe (18 person Max). This program will be for all ages.
$5/person max $15 for families.

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.Kayak Bertram Chain of Lakes
 

Intro to Rock Climbing at Quarry Park - Stearns County Park
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Staff will provide all of the facilitation and equipment. All skill levels are welcome. Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace. Rock Climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights!

Adult Climb: Wednesday, August 30th 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm



BIRTHDAY PARTIES....Everyone with a special birthday deserves a special get-together. Let Prairie Woods help you create great birthday party memories.

Check out our birthday themes:

Indoor Climbing Wall, Archery, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Pioneer Cabin, XC ski, snowshoe, canoeing or ??   Give us a call!

Forget the hassle of cleaning up your house before (and after) the party.   Let us help! 
For a 2 hour event, staff provides 1 1/2 hours of programming with the final 1/2 hour for you to open presents and/or eat.
Costs start at $70 for up to 7 children.
Each additional child is $10.

Please call for more details. 320-354-5894